Travel Blogging Success Secrets For New Travel Bloggers

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What is travel blogging?

Travel blogging is used by travel bloggers to write about the various places they vist and the experiences they have in each of those places. The top travel bloggers include educational, informative, and entertaining content in their travel blogs. 


Is travel blogging popular?

Yes, travel blogging is very popular. When I Googled "travel blogging popularity" Google suggests there are about 815 million results for that term. And when I Googled "travel blogging" it returned about 41.7 million results.

'Nuff said about whether travel blogging is popular or not. It most definitely is!

travel blogging google search results


Why is travel blogging so popular?

Travel blogging is popular because travel bloggers often provide a unique perspective about a specific destination that travel brochures and tour companies do not or cannot provide. 

There's a noticeable difference between reading a glossy travel destination brochure about a specific place and reading a travel bloggers personal experiences and adventures about that same place.

Travel bloggers tend to go out of their way to find off-the-beaten-path restaurants and sites that many travel websites don't talk about and many tour companies don't visit with their tour groups. 

Also, many travel tour companies are paid commissions to take their clients to visit specific sites, eat at certain restaurants, and purchase merchandise like souvenirs at specific shopping areas and markets. 

Many travellers want to avoid these kinds of experiences and so they ignore the big travel websites and instead they prefer to read a travel blog to get the "real story" about a specific travel destination. 


Some travel blogging stats.

Here are some interesting numbers I found researching this post:

  • 59% of travel bloggers run more than one travel blog.
  • More than 80% of travel planning is done online and that percentage is growing.
  • One-third of U.S. travellers use travel blogs for advice and research on destinations.
  • Digital travel has grown by double digits every year for the last 3 years, and travel search terms are up 70% on Google. (source)


How to succeed as a new travel blogger

Thanks to the internet, social media, and a host of other online tools, anyone can start a travel blog and share content with a wide audience.

But, posting articles once or twice a week, no matter how interesting they might be, isn't enough.

To succeed as a new travel blogger you must stand out from the crowd.

To succeed at travel blogging, you need to think strategically about how you can build your following and reach in a way that’s authentic, memorable, and long-lasting.

Not only is being a travel blogger an excellent way to fund your travels, it will also build your personal brand while helping you meet like-minded people around the world.

Here are some tips on how you can succeed with a new travel blog:


Find your niche and stick to it

There's no shortage of travel blogs on the internet. It's safe to say that travel blogging is a saturated market.

Does this mean you shouldn't even think about starting a travel blog? No, it doesn't. 

But to succeed, one of the most important things you can do is find your travel blogging niche.

Here are a few reasons why you should find a niche:

1. It's easier for your readers to find you. If you’re a travel blogger who writes about hiking and surfing in Costa Rica, people who are interested in hiking and surfing in Costa Rica will find your travel blog much easier than if you're blogging for a much wider audience. 

2. It's easier for other bloggers to link to your content. If you write about a wide variety of topics, you’re less likely to receive links from other bloggers because their readers won’t be interested in your content. If you write about something specific, you’re more likely to build a substantial audience.

So, don't be afraid to niche down when you start travel blogging. You'll have a lot more success "specializing" with your travel blog than you will trying to be a generalist.

Check out my post "Blogging Mistakes To Avoid Like The Plague" and note mistake #2 on blogging without a sub-niche.  


42 Travel blogging niche ideas for new bloggers

Here are 42 travel blogging niche ideas. Just start with travel and add one. What other ideas did you come up with? Keep brainstorming because there's no end to the ideas you can have.

Local foods

Rock festivals

Classical music

Weight loss

Fitness

Spas

Wine tasting

Scotch whiskey

Riding Harleys

World's best beaches

Greek islands

Gourmet cooking

Beer

Oktoberfest

Broadway musicals

Off Broadway

Skyscrapers

Amusement parks

World's tallest, fastest rollercoasters

National Parks

Humpback whales

Asian food

Eating contests

World capitals

The stock market

Deserts

Sailing

Old-growth forests

City walking tours

Safaris

World's best coffees

World's most beautiful cities

World's tallest buildings

World's tallest bridges

World's longest bridges

NFL football

World cup soccer

NBA basketball

NHL hockey

MLB baseball

Professional tennis


Be authentic with your readers

One of the best ways to build trust with your readers is to be authentic by sharing travel tips, stories, and advice that you have actually tried and tested. 

Your readers will appreciate that you aren’t just spouting advice because you read it in a book or online.

If you are writing a travel blog to make money, do not hide this fact. Be upfront if you are being paid by a sponsor on your blog. And only accept sponsorships for products or services you actually use and have a high opinion of.  

Ignoring that last piece of advice can destroy any trust you've built up between you and your travel blog readers.


How to start posting on your new travel blog

The top travel bloggers know the that the best way to grow a following on any social media platform is by having a lot of quality posts. 

To start travel blogging, one great article and one mediocre article every month isn't enough. You must front load your new travel blog with 50 to 60 articles within the first 30 to 60 days. 

With that objective, you either need to write those posts yourself, or you're going to need to hire a freelance writer to help get them done. After you've got your first 50 - 60 posts on your site, you can slow down.


Do you need help writing posts for your new travel blog? 

Contact me at: mike@contentigniters.com 

I'll be happy to schedule a Zoom call to explore how I can help and support you with your travel blogging.


Consistent posting is the key to successful travel blogging

Everything else being equal, consistent posting is the key and there are a few ways to go about this.

Once you've got your first 50 - 60 posts done, you should aim to write 1 or 2 new, high-quality posts every week. If you don’t have time to write, you can always repurpose your old posts

You can also partner with other travel bloggers to get your content out there. If you want to build an audience, you have to be consistent. Your readers will forget about you if you aren’t posting on a regular basis.


Develop relationships with influencers

One of the best ways to boost your traffic and reach is to partner up with other travel bloggers. This can be done in a number of ways.

You can reach out to bloggers in your niche and ask them if they would be interested in cross-promoting your content with their followers.

Alternatively, you can reach out to bloggers with a larger reach than yours and offer to write a guest post for their blog. This is a great way to get your name out there and build relationships with other bloggers.

You can also try to get interviewed by other bloggers and media sites to get some recognition in your travel blogging niche.


Use paid advertising

One of the easiest ways to get your name out there is to use paid advertising. There are lots of different platforms that allow you to advertise your blog to a wider audience.

Some of the most popular places to advertise are:

  • Instagram 
  • Facebook 
  • Google AdWords 
  • Facebook Ads 
  • Twitter Promoted Tweets 
  • LinkedIn Ads 
  • Pinterest 
  • Reddit 

Some of these platforms will require you to have a certain level of traffic before they will let you advertise your content. This is to prevent spammers from taking over the platform and polluting the internet.


Get a quality camera

Another important factor in building a successful travel blog is the quality of your photos. If you want to stand out from the crowd, you need to have quality images.

You don’t need to buy the most expensive camera on the market, but you do need a good quality camera. Most entry-level DSLR cameras should be good enough to create high-quality images.

Just make sure you have a decent lens and good lighting before you start snapping away. If you are just starting out, there are lots of excellent photography workshops and classes you can attend to get better at photography

darren rowse digital photography school

Darren Rowse has an excellent digital photography course. Check it out here: Digital Photography School.


Bottom line

If you want to succeed at travel blogging, you have to go above and beyond. It isn’t enough to post a few times each month. You need to be consistent with your posting, consistent with your content, and consistent in building relationships with other bloggers. If you put in the work, you can succeed at travel blogging, and it can be an excellent source of income to help fund your travels.

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